Tiny Frogs

Our Handbook of Nature Study Outdoor Hour Challenge this month features

Reptiles & Amphibians

My youngest daughter really loves to film, photograph and discuss her nature finds.

Here are her latest Outdoor Hour Challenge photo finds of small frogs in our fish pond.

These little frogs are teeny, tiny, only the size of a baby pinkie finger nail, and yet they are perfectly formed.

lara tadpoles

She left all the little frogs in  the pond.  

We remembered some of the misfortunes some tiny frog relatives had when she captured some early spring (last year September) and placed them in bottles …

They all died.

We thought that they may have starved to death and so, after a little research, we placed new frogs with some shredded lettuce leaves in a larger container.  Miss.L even put a few large rocks and stones in the bottle so that the frogs could spend some time out of the water.

Sadly, one rock fell over and squashed some other unfortunate little frogs.

And, worse still, one morning, those brave surviving frogs spied a small opening in the lid and escaped!

About 14 little frogs hopped and jumped through our house, all coming to the front door and some even managed to reach our stoep.  With great care, Miss.L took each carefully to the pond and set them free.  She felt that her attempts at raising these frogs in her aquariums had been a failure.

But, armed with the digital camera, “catching” these frogs was an absolute delight!

Join us for your OHC discoveries in the Outdoor Hour Challenge Carnival.  Submit yours here.

Blessings,

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8 thoughts on “Tiny Frogs

  1. Sorry but the sad tale of last year’s frogs did make me laugh! Sounds like something that could very easily happen round here. The frogs you caught this year look very healthy, I’m pleased to see :-)

    • @elizevdm, we saved to give each of our older children their own digital cameras, but I think that a 6-year-old is a bit young … unless you can find a strong and really cheap camera! :) My daughters love editing on Picasa. They have created the most wonderful portfolios!

  2. It was probably the rocks that saved the frogs’ lives (the ones that didn’t get squashed!). Once the tadpoles turn into frogs they will drown if they can’t get out of the water.

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